Thursday, November 17, 2011
Marshall teams roll to victories
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy varsity basketball teams each picked up 38-point wins last week.
The Lady Patriots invaded Tunica Academy Monday night, Nov. 7, and dominated 62-24.
“We came out on fire,” coach Craig Dailey said.
Emma Elgin scored a game-high 25 points, all in the first half.
“She distributed it a lot in the second, and actually got to rest some for the first time all year,” he said.
Elizabeth Skelton added a career-high 20 points as MA evened its season mark at 3-3.
“She is really improving,” Dailey said. “I am so proud of her.”
He said Lane Cunningham, who scored eight, had another solid game. Also playing good in the junior high game and during their high school minutes were Codie Robertson, Wesleyann Ray, Blake Martin and Haley McMinn.
The Marshall Academy boys routed South Pontotoc 80-42 Saturday in the Crossover Classic (private schools versus public) at Oxford High School.
The Patriots surged ahead 26-7 after one quarter and 50-17 at the half.
“We jumped all over them in the first and then just coasted as it became a rugby match in the third and fourth,” Coach Dailey said.
Dakota Dailey and Brad Bennett poured in 27 points each for MA. Vince Hoyt fired in 14. Peyton Lewis had nine.
“Peyton went down late in the first half with a strained foot and it took a little wind out of us, but the game was already over,” he said.
“Dakota and Brad were on fire. They were steady all the way through.
“Brad did a heck of a job holding their star to three first-half points after he dropped in 28 points on Saltillo earlier in the week.
“Vince had his best all-around game to date – drilling threes and ‘guarding up’ onto one of their better players.”
The Patriots (2-1) are playing short-handed while several team members are still competing with the MA football squad in the state playoffs.
“Peyton was playing extremely well before going down,” Dailey said. “He hobbled through the second half to allow us to avoid foul trouble with six players.
“It was another good win for our non-football boys. They are a very good offensive group and improving each day on defense.”
Marshall teams are scheduled to go to Lee (Ark). Thursday and Hillcrest Christian Saturday.
Next Monday and Tuesday, the boys play in the Turkey Shootout at Southaven – DeSoto Central Monday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Southaven Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m.
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